The Toronto Fusion headed down to Rockford, IL over Labor Day Weekend to play in the First Annual Peach Orchard Classic. It was a special weekend for the players as a portion of they’re games were played at the newly renovated Beyer Stadium, which was the home of the Original Rockford Peaches (best known from the movie A League of Their Own) from 1943 to 1954.The Fusion had a 1-3 record at the tournament but played some great baseball and represented women’s baseball in Canada well. The win for the tournament goes to relief pitcher Andrea Tristao against the Chicago Gems, who also hit the walk-off single to score starting pitcher Bekki Zinger. Special mention goes to Kim McElcheran with the play of the tournament with her fake-out slide home, jumping over the Chicago catcher’s tag into a back-door slide. To experience this, and more action from the weekend, check out the video created by OWBL webmaster Kylie O’Donnell.
In addition to playing in the Peaches’ Original Stadium, Fusion players also had the opportunity to meet original members of the Rockford Peaches. These inspirational women gave out signed baseball cards and shared tales of their days on the field. It was an experience that many of the players will never forget!